Federal Government Confirms No Ransom Paid for Release of Kidnapped Kaduna Pupils

The Federal Government has confirmed that no ransom was paid for the release of the 137 pupils kidnapped from Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area, Kaduna State. Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, reiterated the government’s commitment to President Buhari’s stance against paying ransom during a press briefing after the Federal Executive Council meeting. The successful rescue operation, which involved a joint effort between the military and local authorities in Zamfara State, was praised by the President, who vowed to punish those responsible for the abduction. Despite earlier reports indicating a higher number of kidnapped pupils, Major General Edward Buba clarified that 137 pupils were rescued. The involvement of Kaduna-based Muslim cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi in dialogue with the terrorists was also addressed, with the minister emphasizing that constructive suggestions for security improvement would be considered, but reckless statements would be reprimanded.

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